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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 5, 1936, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME x EDITION VOL XLII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 5 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 128 WATERS RECEDE AT MISSOURI VALLEY Death Gives Aid to F R Passing of Ritchie Is Advantage to New Deal Bv CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON tCPA TO speak of the re cent death of for mer Gov Albert C R i t c h i e of Maryland as a piece of good luck for the new deal may be un diplomatic Never theless politicians are saying that Ritchie as an antinew deal democrat might have swung the free state away from a pro Rooscvelt v o t e next November but that it undoubt edly will srive a Rooseveltian major itvwith his influence gone Senator Millard E Tydings1 dem ocratic voice is predominant in Maryland with the former gover nos passins Tydings also has been adversely critical of the new dea but he is a party regular1 as to the present re gime but not a man to fight it as Ritchie seemed to have made up his mind to do Backs Administration Indeed Ritchies funeral scarcely was over before Lansdale G Scas ser oresident of the Maryland sen ate and a democratic power in the states politics proclaimed himself for the Roosevelt administration It was a significant utterance coming it did Following so soon after theexgoveraors death it gave the impression that the Maryland dem ocrVtic organnation perhaps had not changed but at least had made UD its mind Maryland is not exactly a pivotal state but Ritchie was something of a pivotal character Ke was beaten for reelection in bis last campaign but he remained democracvs leader in his common wealth which is rather more democratic than republican He could easily have staged a come back had inuch prestige repeated ly had been mentioned presiden tialiy Ally of Al Smith was a loyal ally of Al Smith and Ritchie taking a walk together at the Philadelphia con vention would have been a formid able couple Al cant be nearly so effective with no Ritchie to accom pany him possibly he will have oth er company but not in Ritchies class by a long shot Death has been good to President Roosevelt ExGovernor Ritchie Maryland Senator Huey P Long Louis iana most likely And possibly Ar kansas and Mississippi He might even have been helpful to Gov Eu gene Talmadge in Georgia President of course did not want Senator Long assassinat ed or exGovernor Ritchie to die Benefits Him Hugely For all that the elimination of Ritchie and Long benefits him hugely This kind of may be grue some All the same its indulged in in Washington It is common conversation how conveniently the mortality rate has adapted itself to the new deals ad vantage If an epidemic were to break out now in the ranks of the Liberty league the survivors would try to turn it to political purposes The Liberty leaguers are just that ve hement Plan 30 Million Acres of Soil Rebuilding Crops BOY FALLS ON TINES OF FORK Lawrence Feldick Buffalo Center in Critical Condition BUFFALO CENTER While helping his father to do the chores Thursday morning Lawrence Feld ick 11 fell on a pitchfork which pierced his abdomen At the hospital here where he was brought for treatment it was said that his chances for recovery were doubtful The boy is the son of Mr and Mrs Ed Feldick who farm northwest of Buffalo Center His father was in the barn at the time the accident occurred but was unable to explain in what manner the boy happened to fal on the fork It was believed the pitchfork may have gone as deeply as the boys vertebrae He was rushed to the hospital at once I FARM PROGRAM IS OUTLINED AT 2 REGION MEETS Wallace Statement Read for Midwest Leaders at Chicago CHICAGO from production of approximately acres of soil depleting crops and an increase of that amount in soil building crops was disclosed Thursday by Secretary of Agricul ture Wallace as the 1936 goal of the administrations soil conservation program A broad outline of the program was submitted by the secretary in a statement read simultaneously before regional conferences of agri cultural leaders here and at Mem phis Tenn The removal Wallace said would reduce the soil depleting acreage from a yearly average of 00 acres to acres in 1936 This he said would be ample al average yields to provide the na tion a supply of food and fiber equal to domestic consumption in the 19201929 period Same as Last Year Farm leaders here said the acres left in the produc tion of major crops would be ap proximately the same amount farmed last year under the AAA crop reduction program Similarly the acres to be devoted to legumes and similar crops approxi mates the number of acres retired last year A classification of crops into two building and soil ex been worked out and will be submitted to the two meet ings said Wallace A two point system of conserva tion payments was proposed the secretary said Payment by Acre First a moderate payment would be made lor each acre up to a max imum planted to soil conserving crops Second a larger soil improvement payment an acre would be made for land shifted from soil depleting crops to soil conserving crops with the provision that this payment be made only up to a specified percent age The actual amounts which could be paid farmers an acre would vary according to the productivity of the soil said Wallace In the south it would vary according to the soil de pleting crop from which diversion was made Farmers renting for cash would receive the entire payment In the case of farms occupied by share tenants or share croppers the pro posal was for the division of pay ments between landlords and those actually occupying the land 470 Millions Top The definite top avaiable for the conservation program this year said Wallace was If soil payments are made at the rate of 75 cents to an acre there payments would total from 75 to million dollars the secre tary explained Allowance has to be made for administrative expenses in Wash ington in the field On this basis there would be left for distribution as soil improvement payments somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 million This divided among the acres to be shifted to less profitable crops would mean a national average of between and an acre the farmers esti mated Minimum Standard Set The plan Wallace said proposed that a standard of minimum per formance be set up to make sure that each farmer participating car ried out genuine soil conservation operations on his farm The program in the field would be administered by committees built around county associations of farm ers In counties which had only one committee under the AAA this committee would continue to func tion In other counties a new com mittee would be set up to represent a combination of former AAA com mittees to serve pending permanent organization in the field The entire program Wallace em phasized would be made as flexible as possible to conform with needs of the individual farmers The 1936 he said it is expected will provide for regional differences in the kind and number of acres to be More Scientific Basis Through research and experiment the secretary said a more scientific basis would be made available for During Strike in New York With elevator operators on strike in New York Mrs Geraldine Goldin above found climbing the stairs to her office too much so a fellow worker played the gallant act and carried her up New York La bor Leader Orders Strike Extended ARREST IS MADE IN PUERTO RICO Nationalist Leader Accused of Recruiting Soldiers for Revolution SAN JUAN P States Marshal Draughon Thursday arrested Pedro Albizu Campos na tionalist leader on a charge of re cruiting soldiers in a conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States by force The warrant for arrest also charged Campos a lawyer and Har vard graduate with inciting to in surrection Campos surrendered to the mar shal Warrants on similar charges were issued for six other nationalists During the last several months there have been frequent incidents involving nationalist and United States authorities The nationalists independence for Puerto Rico from the United States Col E Francis Riggs chief of insular police and former army of ficer was assassinated Feb 23 by two self confessed nationalists who were later killed by nolice During the election registratioi period in January 12 persons were killed and more than 100 injured Bar Trucks Carrying More Than Four Tons From Damaged Roads AMES carrying more than four ton loads are barred from traveling on Iowa highways damaged by the recent thaw under a state highway com mission ruling The commission announced it is warning truckers to observe posted roads marked by highway patrol men On such roads the commission said the regulations go immediate ly into effect Northwest and north central highways were the main roads af fected but commission officials said the ban probably would be ef fective throughout the state in the next 10 days the 1937 program and for later years Wallaces statement was read aere by M L Wilson assistant sec retary of agriculture At Memphis it was read by H R Tolly con sultant of the agricultural adjust ment administration With Wilson here were three of ficials of the F Callen dar assistant administrator Ger ald W Thome director of the live stock division and George Farrell director of the grain division Realty Men Refuse to Arbitrate on Closed Shop Issue NEW YORK Carrying out his promise of a fight to the fin ish following unsuccessful peace negotiations James J Bambrick leader of the building workers strike Thursday ordered his district lieutenants to prepare to call out employes in three sections of the city one of them the big midtown office building area In the midtown or grand central district are located some of the citys largest skyscrapers notably Rockefeller Center the Empire State building and the Chrysler tower Orders for the strike call also went out to field operatives in two other sectors as yet unaffected by the and Wash ington Heights Friday Bambrick declared the strike zone would be extended to Brooklyn and Queens He added that he had been notified by offi cials of the Hotel Employes union that workers in some of the citys largest hostelries would join the walkout Friday Decline to Arbitrate The statement of the strike lead er who is president of the local unit of the building service employes union came after peace negotia tions at city hall ended in sharp disagreement Real estate owners through rep resentatives declined to arbitrate on the closed shop issue one of three demands the union is making To the realty interest Mayor La Guardia who has strenuously sought a settlement of the strike said I want to appeal to the real es tate interests to consider this offer The minute the arbitration offer is accepted the union will call off the strike and go back to work I cannot see how any reasonable per sons can reject any such Opens Strike Probe Bambrick previously had said that if an agreement was not reached by conference he would give the order to tear up the Because of Bambricks statement District Attorney William C Dodge initiated a probe of strike activity and issued a subpena requesting Bambrick to appear before him Thursday to answer questions con cerning a violent parade ashion able Park avenue and Inciting to There seems to be no possibility of agreement despite thefact that the union has offered to arbitrate any question and return to work Thursday the mayor said The unions offer toarbitrateev ery question has been The mayors announcement came at the end of an all night confer ence at which city and federal of ficials had tried to end the strike SUBCOMMITTEE HEARS WAYS TO BOOST REVENUE Senate Approves Norris Program for Rural Electrification WASHINGTON J Adminis tration experts submitted to a house ways and means subcommittee Thursday suggestions for raising up to additional revenue from income taxes and annually from farm processing taxes Chairman Samuel B Hill emphasized to reporters that the figures and schedules were mere suggestions for possible sources of revenue submitted to the subcom mittee because it wants complete information on all methods of ob taining money to meet President Roosevelts tax proposals The income tax material came from treasury experts while agri culture department officials sup plied the processing tax estimates Experts Give Figures The treasury experts Hill said also turned in figures to show how a 1 per cent general manufacturers excise tax would bring in around a year NWhile a 5 per cent tax would yield about Hill said the proposed excise levies would not apply to liquor and tobacco already taxed nor to food clothing The present yield from excise taxes he said is about The senate Thursday passed the j Norris rural electrifica tion bill and sent it to the house 10 Year Program Seeking to undertake a 1 year program to electrify rural America the bill would authorize lending a year for the next two years and a year for eight years thereafter Loans could be made to states rural communi ties cooperatives or limited divi dend corporations to finance gener ating and distributing facilities The bill also would permit loans to farmers for household and farm equipment to use the power President Roosevelt turned to the big much to spend for relief next congress explored methods of meeting his re quest for more taxes Generally regarded as the last major item in his program for this session of congress relief needs were to occupy a white house con ference Thursday night Secretary Morgenthau and Harry L Hopkins the WPA administrator were among those called to talk about the recommendation Mr Roosevelt has promised to make between March 10 and 19 Two billion dollars has been mentioned unofficially as the sum that might be sought Behind Closed Doors Preliminary work oi the new tax program went on behind closed doors of a capitol committee room Chairman Doughton of the house ways and means committee told re porters it would suit me if con gress could raise needed revenue by taxes on corporation earnings and incomes of certain processors of farm products without resort to new levies similar to the outlawed processing taxes In a surprise move before the su preme court the government ob tained dismissal of its two appeals from lower court decisions that it had no right to condemn land for PWA slum clearance and low cost housing projects Attack Discrimination While Senator Borah of Idaho was raising the issue of chain store price discrimination in ibis cam paign for the republican presiden tal nominaton the federal trade commission took action on a rejated question It ordered the Goodyear Tire and Rubber company to cease discriminating in price between Sears Roebuck and company and ordinary retail dealers Possibility of an attempt to re vive government regulation of in dustrial wages and hours at the next session of congress was sug gested by a report of a committee in the presidents industrial council It recommended creation of a new commission to direct such regula tion Testimony that regional employes of Crew Levick company a subsidi ary of Cities Servce company des troyed reports on efforts made to defeat the holding company regula tion bill was received by the senate lobby ON THE INSIDE KOKIfflROTA Hirota Given Task of Forming New Cabinet ON PAGE 2 New Snowplow Gets Stalled in Drift ON STATE PAGE Two Iowa Insurance Firms Lose Licenses ON PAGE 18 School Board Explains Tax Proposal ON PAGE10 Iowa Learns That Winter Is Not Over A cold wave moved down upon Iowa from the north Thursday which the weatherman said would drop temperatures to zero and be low readings in the north part of the state By early he said the northwest section will record zero the northeast 10 below the south east 5 above and the southwest 10 above And he added should be warning enough winter isnt Just Cold Wave Apparently the cold wave is just a cold wave for the weatherman I said skies would remain clear It i wont last long either for he pre I dieted rising temperatures in the north and west by Friday after noon At Northwood the mercury drop ped to only 3 above zero early Thursday and the minimum in Ma son City was 7 above The tem perature here had risen to 8 above at 8 a m and climbed but slowly despite a bright sun Mason Citys maximum of Wed nesday was 29 degrees above zero Charles City reported 14 above as its early Thursday minimum All official stations reported freezing temperatures according to the As sociated Press Arrests Flood Rise In a special river bulletin C D Reed federal meteorologist said the colder weather would arrest the rise of flood waters for the next two or three days at least He pointed out however that very little of the winters precipi tation has run off the upper reaches of the Des Moines Raccoon and other rivers with headwaters in Northern Iowa The ice still holds in North Iowa he said and warm rainy weather can yet produce House Destroyed Lakota Man Badly Burned by Blast Explosion Believed to Have Been Caused by Leak in Gasoline Pipe E Gutknecht lo cal hardware dealer was severely burned by an explosion which shook houses in his neighborhood and caused a fire which destroyed his bouse here Thursday morning Mr Gutknecht who was in the base ment where the blast occurred rushed out of the house and rolled on the snow to put out the flames on his clothing It was believed according to fire men that a pipe in the tank in the basement where gasoline was kept for the stove leaked Mr Gutknecht was in the basement getting a washingmachine ready for wash ing Calls to HJs Wife When the explosion occurred he called to his wife who was on the second floor and she succeeded in getting out without difficulty She called for help The impact of the explosion was so great that it blew out the foudation walls on two sides and immediately started flames Flames spread so quickly that when firemen arrived soon after ward they found they were unable to save the structure and devoted their efforts to keeping the fire from spreading to nearby houses The extent of other damage which might have been done in the house by the explosion was effaced by the flames Houses in that block were shaken by the explosion and the sound of the blast was heard in most of the town Both Arms Burned Mr Gutknecht was taken to a physicians office for treatment He suffered second degree burns on both arms his face and head were burned and he was injured other wise He was taken to the home of his parents Mr and Mrs August Gutknecht here Our Own Hardware is operated by Mr Gutknecht who is of middle age He and his wife lived alone in the house and have no children A sister of Mr Gutknecht Lena Gutknecht is a teacher in McKin ley school in Mason City FORECAST IOWA Fair Thursday night and Friday much colder moderate cold wave in extreme east portion Thursday night rising tempera tures in west and north portions Friday afternoon MINNESOTA Fair colder in extreme southeast not quite so cold in north late Thursday night Friday becoming unset tled rising temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum Wednesday 29 above Minimum in night 7 above At 8 am Thursday 8 above Wednesday nights sudden drop of the mercury contained a reminder of Februarys weather While there was a little thawing Wednesday this activity was at a standstill Thursday A north wind nullified the effects of a bright sun SELASSIE READY TO MAKE PEACE Accepts League Plea Without Reservations Italy Will Give Conditions By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The league of nations appeal for peace was accepted without qualifi cation by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia but an Italian source said Italy would accept it only under certain conditions Just what those conditions were wag not stated but it was assumed that Italy would demand the right to keep the portions of Ethiopia she has conquered On the battlefronts the Italians reported that they were continuing tbeir mopping up operations along the Takkaze river The Ethiopians stated that an Italian plane had bombed a British Red Cross unit Embargoes on Heavy Loads Are Imposed MARSHALLTOWN em bargo fixing a maximum gross weight of pounds on county and township roads has been adopt ed by the Marshall county board of supervisors the embargo to be ef fective at the discretion of the coun ty engineer Tama county has placed an embargo with a maximum gross weight of pounds FLOOD WARNING FLIES AT OTHER POINTS IN IOWA Ice Jams Threaten to Dam Iowa River at Marshalltown MISSOURI VALLEY warnings flew at several other Iowa points Thursday as the water which washed out of the Boyer river and Willow creeks here Wednesday driving 600 persons from their homes slowly receded Hamburg on the lower Nishna botna reported the river up more than three feet duringthe night and washing within five inches of the top of levees which protect the south and east sections of the town from inundation CGC workers from Sidney and Rockport labored to reinforce the flood wall there Ice Jams Threaten At Marshalltown ice jams threatened to turn the Iowa river into a flood lake while the Skunk river rising steadily warned resi dents of the Green Bay area north of Fort Madison of damaging floods Shenandoah on the east Nishna bptna fork reported the river still rising over lowlands At Riverton near the junction of the east and west Nishnabotna forks the flood stood more than a mile wide cover ing Burlington railroad tracks and baiting service Flood water also swept over railroad tracks at Co burg between Red Oak and Shen andoah C D Reed federal meteorologist at Des Moines reported that freez ing to go to zero and below in North Iowa early the runoff of thaw water somewhat Thaw Still Coming But he warned that little of the heavy snow blanket over the north half of the state hag melted away and that floods still are in prospect on streams with their headwaters rising in the north The water fell back from a foot to more than two feet in the 50 blocks of flooded dwelling area in south and west Missouri valley Thursday Engineers pointed out however that the fall was resulting from a spread out of the flood water over more territory through broken dikes rather than from any great drainage through the ice jam at the mouth of the Boyer river The Boyer river they said apparently is going to be a lake from its mouth 12 miles south of here to Mondamin 18 miles north until the Missouri river ice goes out and the Big Muddy can take care of this Kescued From Flood Dr Carl F Jordan of the state department of health established disease prevention rules for Mis souri Valley residents Thursday Two persons suffering scarlet fever one with mumps and one with measles were isolated in the vacant house hospital established Wed nesday They were rescued from flood surrounded homes The North Western railroad had more than 200 men repairing feet of flood wrecked track south of here Gas plant employes said they hoped to reestablish gas service from the flooded gas plant by night Refugees fed at a kitchen set up in the Presbyterian church basement and manned by WPA sewing project women turned cooks No Typhoid Reported W R Mark of the health de partment said no typhoid has been reported thus far Most of the families in the flood ed area were dependent upon wells for water Health officials warned against using water from surface wells in the area Harrison county Red Cross offi cials awaited word from St Louis headquarters on their appeal for aid in rehabilitation and sanitation 50 Blocks Under Water More than 50 blocks of the city proper was under water Refugees were housed in temporary quarters hastily provisioned The Omaha Salvation Army unit imported 275 complete outfits of clothing Relief agencies were caring for an esti mated 600 to 700 refugees in this city alone The heavily flooded area extended two miles west of Missouri Valley and 18 miles north to Mondamin Another strip three miles further west was partially flooded Livestock Losses Heavy Fanners reported heavy livestock losses mostly fat hogs which killed themselves by slashing their Croats with their feet as they attempted to swim to safety No loss of human life was reported in this area The West Nishnabotna nver near Sidney rose to the highest levels ;